Education

More Hawaii high schoolers are taking AP courses, and excelling, DOE says

Prosecutors: Employee of Puna charter school overrun by lava embezzled $628,000

Kalihi Elementary School is cutting back on single-use plastics thanks to a cafeteria upgrade

Free Hawaiian language classes to begin this week at UH Manoa

  To help her students appreciate the written word, she turns up the volume

  Veteran public school teachers could get a big one-time salary increase

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  Pint-sized Hawaii robotics team earns spot at big national competition

  Declining enrollment among challenges UH Hilo’s pharmacy college faces

  In bid to cut food waste, schools tracking how much food is thrown away

Band director arrested, indicted for 3rd-degree sex assault

Samoa measles outbreak triggers concerns over low vaccination rates at Hawaii schools

Former LCC student pleads guilty to threats against professors

  Students join chorus of voices calling for higher teacher pay to tackle shortage

The new push as the governor plans to unveil a new proposal aimed at attracting more teachers to the islands.

Hawaii governor backs pay hikes to recruit, retain teachers

The education department is seeking an annual $10,000 increase for qualified teachers.

  A Windward Oahu school grapples with an uncertain future

At Keolu Elementary in Kailua, there are 15 students in the entire first grade class.First grade teacher Elizabeth Fowlkes says there are pluses.

Nanakuli youngsters learn a 4-stringed instrument that isn’t the ukulele

Youngsters are learning to play a four-stringed instrument ― and it isn’t the ukulele.

Bilingual students who master English before high school more likely to graduate on time

  With a catchy tune, kids appeal to community for a place to play at school

  A Wahiawa school celebrates 50 years, and a multi-million dollar makeover

These ornaments made by Maui students will represent Hawaii on the nation’s Christmas tree

UH sees significant interest in accelerated online degree program

Kauai’s police chief urges parents to remind kids about seriousness of making threats

Kaimiloa Elementary teacher honored as Teacher of the Year

Congratulations are in order for the 2020 Teacher of the Year!

Report questions Hawaii’s low enrollment rate in after school supper program

“Unfortunately, we are not offering enough meals during the after school hours.”

First lady Amano-Ige hopes new program will increase childhood literacy on Molokai

It’s an early literacy program aimed at promoting reading aloud as a family.

4 Hawaii teachers make national list of presidential awardees

They were awarded the Presidential Excellence Awards in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering.

  Help a Hawaii kid in need directly with new ‘Purposity’ app

Purposity (a portmanteau of purpose and generosity) allows users to assist students anonymously ― and directly.

DOE awarded $50M federal grant to boost literacy skills in kids

“Students with strong literacy skills early in their education, including multi-literacy and dual language skills, have greater opportunities for more advanced studies and competitive career paths."

New Kihei High could face potential delays, state lawmaker worries

The campus is being built on a mauka side of the busy highway.

Despite efforts to improve schools, proficiency rates remain stubbornly flat

The overall figures paint something of a disappointing picture for a department that’s tried to re-think how student learning and progress is measured ― and how schools are rated.

  ‘Life-changing’ UH program offers struggling high school grads a second chance

In a third-floor office in the Queen Liliuokalani Student Center about a dozen students sit around a large table chatting and laughing.

Audit: Over a decade, DOE has collected just $5M in school impact fees

The audit added that the DOE’s “laissez-faire approach” to implementing school impact districts and garnering fees has fallen to a single land use planner.

UH professor behind controversial comments against Kamehameha schools apologizes

The comments were made during a lecture on TMT.

  Mid-Pacific Institute earns national recognition for lessons in 3D scanning tech

In Mid-Pacific Institute's Museum Studies class, high school students use a handheld scanner to capture images of an object.

Naval ROTC program approved for UH Manoa

Lawmakers feel the Naval ROTC program will open doors for local students, and broaden horizons.

  Decision to reassign School for Deaf and Blind’s principal riles community

At the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind Friday school supporters' signs and sign language told the story.

Reading books over the summer earned a Hawaii Island student an awesome prize

Congratulations are in order for Gianna Zarley of Waimea Elementary School.

A big donation to UH’s culinary program will help shape future chefs

The University of Hawaii got a generous gift thanks to a public-private partnership.

  Schools poised to treat bullying as a major offense on par with assault

“The proposed rules really focuses on a proactive system of support, and ensuring there are supports in place for the victim as well as the offender."

  16 states have tax-free shopping on school supplies. Should Hawaii be next?

As students and teachers return to class, many families are spending hundreds of dollars on school supplies. So some lawmakers want to waive the taxes on back-to-school sales.

BOE takes a tougher look at bullying in schools, making it a serious offense

Principals will still have the power to determine consequences.

  Justices: ‘Reasonable’ access to Hawaiian language immersion a constitutional right

In her dissent, Justice Paula Nakayama said she agreed the state should provide “as many students as possible” with access to immersion programs but she disagreed that the state Constitution required it.

Advocates blast ‘alarming’ suspension practices at public schools

“The statistics are pretty alarming that kids in Hawaii with disabilities are suspended at twice the length of time as kids on the mainland."

  Central Middle finds rare photos, historical artifacts packed away in storage

“We’ve been finding these all just in file cabinets, just locked away, waiting to be found."

  UH students set off to explore uncharted volcanic zones off Kaho’olawe

“It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a lot of us."

  Hawaii teacher finds a ‘living classroom’ on Arctic expedition

Blade Shepherd-Jones just completed a ten-day expedition to an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

Holy Nativity School headmaster fired after apparent power struggle

He said the decision will have negative implications for the school.

Hawaii teacher chosen for NOAA’s competitive summer at sea program

And she'll blog about her adventures!

  School gets appliances to launder uniforms for students who need clean clothes

"We take for granted getting up in the morning and putting on clean clothes."

Hawaii ranks in bottom third of states on economic well-being of kids

Driving the economic concerns for families: The lack of affordable housing.

Report: Hawaii students miss more school because of suspensions than average

That's according to a new report published by the American Civil Liberties Union.

  UH Manoa Mechanical Engineering Team heads to Nebraska

We are talking to Connie Young and Stephen Cadiz, UH-Manoa Mechanical Engineering students heading to international automotive competition in Nebraska to design, build and compete a small Formula One-style vehicle.

  Castle High students get hands-on experience in the world of construction

A novel program is giving high school students hands-on experience in the construction industry.

Virtual field trips offer Hawaii students chance to visit important historical sites

“It just opens their eyes, ears, and hearts."

71 schools to provide free meals to kids this summer

As part of the program, free meals will be served to all kids 18 and under.

  Elementary school students’ cleanup project breathes life into Kaewai stream

Not that long ago the stream that runs alongside Kaewai Elementary School was an overgrown eyesore.

  Pint-sized preschool grads say goodbye to Saint Francis School

Cuteness overload!

  These incredible middle schoolers are making devices to help students with disabilities

Using 3D printers Stevenson Middle School STEM students fashioned prosthetic fingers for a fellow classmate.

  Legally blind kids given 'life-changing’ visual aids

"It will allow them to experience learning as others experience learning."

  HPU prepares for a big move, which could change the dynamic of Downtown

The state’s largest private university is creating a centralized campus.

Kapalama Elementary named national Green Ribbon School

The title is only given to 35 schools around the entire country.

UH: Record number of minorities earn JABSOM degrees in one graduating class

The University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine has reached a new record.

LIST: Here’s all this year’s graduation ceremonies for Hawaii public schools

Some 10,000 Hawaii public school students will graduate this year.

  Moanalua High team recognized for innovative design in national competition

A computer model and a pair of story boards show what the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium could look like if it was transformed into a community health clinic.

UH rocketry team takes home ‘rookie award’ at recent NASA competition

The 14 students attend UH-Manoa and several UH system community colleges.

  Hawaii science teacher (who’s never seen snow) selected for Arctic expedition

Blade Shepherd-Jones has been teaching his eighth-graders at Waimanalo Intermediate about polar bears.

  Meet the first Waianae High alum to graduate from West Point

“I’m just very excited and honored to be able to graduate from a place like this."

  New program is aimed at helping teachers buy in Hawaii, but union urges caution

"Our kumu are leaving for other professions. Our kumu our leaving our state and the rest of us are watching and waiting and waiting."

LIST: What percentage of kids aren’t vaccinated at your child’s school?

Hawaii isn’t immune from the uptick in unvaccinated kids.

  'They deserve to be heard’: Poetry project gives a voice to English language learners

"They deserve to be heard."

Molokai librarian earns HSTA honor of 2019 Educator of the Year

Congratulations are in order for Molokai High School librarian Diane Mokuau.

  A bittersweet honor: Scholar-athlete to serve as closing school’s valedictorian

"I feel kind of sad for the underclassmen that have to go change to new schools."

Ige appoints Kamehameha educator to BOE seat; 2 others reappointed

Ige announced the appointment of Damien Kaimana Barcarse to the Hawaii County seat on the board Friday.

Amid push to unionize, UH grad students say their voices aren’t being heard

“We are just trying to change the system a little bit and advocate for ourselves because it benefits everybody."

More Hawaii high schoolers graduating, but college-going rate doesn’t budge

As it has been for years, achievement and the college-going rate were lower among students who came from low-income families.

14 principals in the running for a prestigious Hawaii leadership award

The principals in the running come from across the state.

Your vote can help an Iolani School teacher win a special prize

She was nominated by the students for her dedication to education.

Preschool teachers take (and teach) a lesson in farming, healthy eating

The workshop was held at UH and was a part of the “Farm-to-Keiki” program.

  Culinary course offers high schoolers a taste of the restaurant business

Hawaii ProStart is a new culinary curriculum that's being taught in 12 high schools.

  Forget the beach. High schoolers spend spring break learning construction

It's called the Construction Career Development Program.